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Happy Halloween!

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We are in countdown mode... only 11 days until our due date. This time next year we will have an almost-one-year old that we can take trick-or-treating. This will mean some big changes for us – normally we either go out to eat OR turn off all of our lights and hide in our bonus room watching movies.

Greeting Cards: Halloween

I hope you had a fun Halloween. Carving pumpkins. Eating candy. Dressing up. It is the perfect kids holiday. I can't wait until our little one is here and we get better at joining in on the festivities.
*This is the tenth in my series of twelve "I Love You More" cards 
that I have designed and will be posting throughout the year.

© Cheree Moore

Overwhelmed

When I get stressed or overwhelmed I get cranky. It's how I function. I think it has something to do with not feeling in control of my life. It's why I rarely cry. I feel out of control if I cry, so mostly I don't do it. I also try not to allow myself to get to a point of being stressed or overwhelmed – a big reason why I exercise {and have continued to do so throughout this pregnancy}.
Saturday I had a moment of cranky, out of control, overwhelmed crying. It started building on Friday. I got to hang out with my sister and we went and got pedicures – something that should have been totally relaxing and fun. And it was. Except for the fact that it wasn't what I expected – the place we went didn't have us soak our feet or massage our feet/legs for very long. I hate that something as silly as my expectations not being met can start me in a tail spin.
That afternoon, following my OB appointment, Daniel and I went to Starbucks. My order was messed up and it made me cranky…

52 Books: Book 45

Earlier this week I wrapped up The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. The writing style of this book reminded me of the movie Valentine's Day. Each chapter follows various characters who work for an Italian newspaper. Each character's story is short and somewhat incomplete. Some of the characters show up in each other's plots, but mostly the stories are about the individuals who make up the paper. 
I am not a fan of this style of writing. It comes across as choppy and incomplete. I felt like I never really got to know any of the characters. At the very end, condensed into one short chapter, we learn what happens to each character. For me, it just wasn't enough.

37Weeks.5Days.

Thanks to my friend, Braxton Hicks, today has been a pretty uncomfortable day. It seems to be more pronounced when I sit down, so maybe I need to be up walking more.
 Hiking at Cloudland Canyon
Speaking of walking, Saturday we went on a 5-mile hike. My mom wanted to know if I was worried that hiking might send me into labor. At this point I am not too worried {it wasn't a hard hike} and since I am full term I don't have a fear of delivering early – besides the fact that my house is a wreck.
I have been giving myself twice-a-day Heparin shots for a week now. Surprisingly the shots don't hurt at all {much less painful than the once-a-day Lovenox that I am used to}. However, after administering these shots my skin tends to itch and the bruises hurt more. So in that sense, I will be glad to go back to Lovenox {plus having to fill my own syringes is a pain, as is making sure I remember to do the morning shot}.
Strangest symptom this past week has been a mild swelling in my hands la…

52 Books: Book 44

Back in March I started reading What to Expect When You're Expectingby Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. Even though our pregnancy was planned, I wasn't truly ready to leap into knowing everything there was to know about having a baby. I needed to read it month by month to keep up with what should be going on with my body at each juncture.
The biggest thing I learned from this book is that I have been blessed with a fairly easy pregnancy. Further more it seems to cover the worst-case scenario of what to expect. Most of which I never did – no mood swings, no morning sickness, etc.
We are currently in countdown mode – 18 days until our due date. I am ready for our little guy to get here but a part of me is not ready for life as I know it to change.

Cloudland Canyon: West Rim Trail Revisited

About this time last year Daniel and I went out to Cloudland Canyon for a day hike. Unfortunately we were short on time and were only able to hike 2.5 miles. Today we had a bit more time and were able to complete the entire West Rim Trail – approximately 5 miles.

It was the perfect day for a hike – 60ºF and sunny. The trees are just starting to change color. This hike will offer some spectacular views in a couple of weeks when the colors really start to peak.

The first 3+ miles were along the rim with awesome views. The end of the hike was in the woods. Hiking in the woods has its own charm, providing lots of time to think. 

Being 37 weeks pregnant I am a bit slow, but we managed to complete the hike {with stops for photo ops} in about 2 hours. We can't wait to be able to take our little boy hiking with us. Even better is the fact that Daniel can carry him instead of me lugging him around in my belly.

bittersweet.

Yesterday around lunch time, I received a text message that I had been waiting for. One of my closest friends from high school had finally had her baby {she was four days overdue}. I was in Baby's R Us and very ecstatic to learn the news. I can't wait to go meet her baby boy in person.
The rest of the day Daniel and I went about running errands in Chattanooga and then hanging out at home.
After a long afternoon nap, I checked into Facebook and learned that a friend from college was facing the passing of her own baby boy. Five month old Ian has been at Vanderbilt fighting for his life since his birth. Sadly, Ian went to be with the angels last night. The finality of the news is heartbreaking.
I have no words. 
I pray that God will give comfort and strength to Ashley and Bob and their families during this incredibly difficult time.

52 Books: Book 43

For the last several years I have been reading the blog Mabel's House by Elizabeth Owen. It is witty and funny and very real to life. Better yet, I know Liz and her husband, Matt, personally from college and somehow that makes her stories even better.
Her posts about dissatisfaction with life and the need to grow up resonated with me. As did her thoughts on not being ready to become a mom {which she finally plunged into last year after almost a decade of marriage}. I relate all too well.
When I found out she was writing a book, I jumped on board and pre-ordered my copy as soon as I could. A few weeks ago that book arrived on my door step and I couldn't wait to dive in. As usual, Liz's style of writing did not disappoint.
My (not so) Storybook Life is broken into 14 chapters that take us into the world of marital bliss {that prove to not always be so blissful, as is often the case}. The book also shares Liz's personal journey of the loss of a friend to cancer. While Liz co…

36Weeks.5Days.

It is hard to believe that we are almost full term! At last week's OB appointment I had an ultrasound to check the size of our little guy. According to the tech he was 6lb 3oz on Friday. However I am not holding my breath on that estimate – my sister says these measurements are routinely a pound off and can be off by up to 2 pounds.
We have been busy working on our nursery and we finally have our furniture mostly assembled and in place. This coming weekend we will work on getting art on the walls. I have also been busy making things like a baby blanket and skirt for the crib and curtains for the windows – this is probably as close as I will get to nesting and really the only reason I am doing it is because I couldn't find anything in the stores that I really loved.
I have officially swapped over from daily Lovenox shots to twice daily Heparin shots. When I picked up my Heparin prescription yesterday the pharmacy gave me vials containing Heparin but no syringes. Not exactly sure…

Nursery: Crib and Blanket

A few months ago I had my heart set on a crib from IKEA and then IKEA pulled all of its cribs out of US stores due to recent laws that had passed concerning drop sides on cribs. I was disappointed, but held out hope that IKEA would modify the designs and bring their cribs back to the US.
Luckily that is exactly what happened and we were able to get a crib we loved without spending an arm and a leg.
Daniel and I decided on the white SUNDVIK crib {above}. Once we had it home we hacked it to make it fit in with our nursery look. We painted the end gray to match the dresser and then I stenciled bicycles on it.
I created the stencil from a piece of fabric I scanned into my computer. I love technology!
The Michael Miller Bicycle Haze fabric has been the basis for the theme in this room. I purchased the fabric off the internet and had every intention of buying a custom blanket from an Etsy shop owner. Unfortunately the Etsy owner decided to pull out of working with me and I decided I would take …

Before and After

We have finally made some headway on our nursery and while it is by no means finished, I thought I would go ahead and share a glimpse of one of our recent projects.

When Daniel and I were first married, we both had old dressers that came with us from our days of being single. These two dressers have been relegated to our guest rooms as they function well and we have been too cheap to replace them. Daniel's dresser is a remnant of the 80s. It has wood veneer and brass pulls. I have never been fond of this dresser. 

In my mind I have always wanted to paint it. I even tried to convince Daniel of painting the wood several years ago, but for some reason he put me off {I was under the impression that it was a relic from his boyhood that he didn't want to change... which turned out not to be the case}. 

Once we started the nursery decorating, I was able to finally persuade him that painting was the way to go. The argument that painting was much cheaper than buying a new piece of furnitu…

35Weeks.5Days.

How is it possible that we are almost 36 weeks? Eek! Lots to do and the sooner the better.
Last week I strained a muscle in the top of my abdomen. It hurt like crazy. For three days, every time little one kicked it made me want to cry. It also made me incredibly sensitive to others getting too close to me. I was actually in a Chick-fil-a last Friday during a busy lunch hour and I had the thought that if a stranger tried to touch my belly I might punch them. Thankfully that didn't happen. If I hadn't been in so much pain I probably would not have cared, but hurting for 3 days makes you think that you would totally punch a stranger.
All of our nursery furniture is purchased. We still need to assemble most of it, but at least we have it. Our rocker recliner probably won't be here until after baby arrives, but that is OK.
Recently I was telling Daniel that even though this pregnancy has been pretty easy on me, I will never be one of those people who LOVES being pregnant. Can you …

52 Books: Book 42

I did it! It took me almost four months but I finally finished reading the classic novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. This may be a record for the length of time it took me to complete a book {not a record I am exactly proud of though}.
I don't even know what to say about this book. The beginning was interesting. Starting with the famous line, "Call me Ishmael," it tells a first hand account of how Ishmael ends up on the ship, the Pequod, sailing with Captain Ahab. But about a quarter of the way in, the book gets really heavy on details. Everything you could possibly want to know about whales and then some. 
Melville goes on to write very graphic descriptions of how they hunted the great whales and then gutted them. It was almost too much. 
Mostly I felt like I was trying to read the book of Leviticus {if Leviticus was 500+ pages long}... the details go on and on and and on and on. The end of the book transitioned to reading more like a play. Overall it never really engage…

Nursery Progress

We had an exhausting, but productive day in Atlanta yesterday. Before we headed to Georgia we really debated whether to take Sophie with us. The upside is that she isn't stuck in a house alone all day long – for possibly 12 hours {eek}. The downside is that she is stuck in a car all day – but she is with us and we take breaks and let her roam around when we can. Plus the outside temperature was perfect. In the end, we took her with us.
This was a good thing since we were gone for close to 12 hours {we try not to leave her alone for more than 8 hours at a time, with a max of 10}.
Anyway, we left Hollywood and made a few stops in Chattanooga first – errands that really needed to be taken care of. When we finally arrived in Atlanta, our first stop was the La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery in Kennesaw. 
We had already been to the Chattanooga AND Huntsville stores and gotten the whole spiel from the salespeople. We were hoping to avoid the sales pitch again, but those guys are good at making you…

Mood Board for Our Nursery

Sad to say that I am about 5 weeks from my due date and almost zero progress has been made on our nursery. We are planning on remedying that this weekend with a trip to Atlanta.
Above is a mood board I have created of some of the pieces we are considering for the nursery – mind you that seeing this stuff in person will determine whether or not we get it.
The artwork {seen here – we used it as decorations at out baby shower} is completed and framed, waiting to be hung {which requires furniture for placement}. 

We also have an old chest of drawers that we are painting white – possibly with gray panels and bicycles stenciled on to match the crib.
The crib we are considering is theSUNDVIK from Ikea. I plan on painting the outside panel and stencilling bicycles to match the Bicycle Haze fabric by Michael Miller.
The rocker recliner is the grayCole Reclina-Rocker® Recliner by La-Z-Boy.
The blanket was found on Etsy with the Bicycle Haze fabric.
And the locker chest is from Ikea – I am thinking it …

34Weeks.5Days.

Over the last week I have been feeling really huge. It probably didn't help that at my 34 week appointment {last Friday} my OB said I was measuring large and she wants me to have an ultrasound at 36 weeks to see why baby boy {and I} are measuring so big. Even though my abdomen is large my weight gain has been holding steady at 20 pounds.
Last night we had friends over for dinner. I really enjoyed having a social night but after dessert, while we sat around talking, I started experiencing some pretty intense Braxton Hicks contractions. It is hard to carry on a conversation like everything is normal when you are so uncomfortable.
I am still participating in yoga and cardio kickboxing, though any exercise that involves folding my body in half is proving harder and harder.
My strangest symptom by far is that my feet are constantly sweating. At least my entire body isn't suffering from this one. I have a feeling that I will be wearing my chaco sandals until our little guy's arriva…

Do You Pinterest?

Pinterest. An addicting world of collective inspiration. I save all the inspiring things I come across on the blogs I read and I get to be inspired by what my friends find inspiring.
The only problem is I have yet to really put any of this inspiration to use.
While I adore the site and enjoy seeing my friends pins, I am feeling the urge to do something besides just troll the internet. With this in mind, I have decided to set a monthly goal of putting this inspiration to use. At least once a month I want to be creating something based on one of these images that I find so inspiring.
Maybe I try a new recipe...Source: lovefromtheoven.com via Cheree on Pinterest

Maybe I make something for our nursery...Source: iheartnaptime.net via Cheree on Pinterest

Maybe I make something for myself...Source: craftstylish.com via Cheree on Pinterest

The point is I am going to try to do more than just be inspired.

Life in the Slow Lane

People in the south take things a little slower. Especially if you happen to live in a small town. Sometimes this can be a source of frustration. Other times it can truly be a blessing.

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Friday night, Daniel's dad came for a quick overnight visit. He wanted to go eat at The Docks. I have mixed feelings about The Docks. The atmosphere is amazing – you can sit on a deck overlooking the lake at sunset. But the service is incredibly slow. If you eat here, you need to plan on staying for at least an hour, probably 1.5 hours. The food is good, but a little pricey for a small town, after all you are paying for the lake experience. Last night was a great time to go. We arrived just before sunset and the temperature was perfect. It did get a little cool as we sat there {thankfully I had grabbed a sweater}. As usual it was a drawn-out meal, but we enjoyed our visit with Wesley.
Daniel had the Sea Bass with Rice and Asparagus, I had the Petite Sirloin with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and…